Walt Disney Studios didn’t just buy the Star Wars franchise so they could produce the next movie in the Star Wars saga. They want to blanket the theaters with as many Star Wars adventures as they possibly can. That’s why it came as no surprise that one of the company’s executives announced that several spinoff films are already in the pipeline.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said during a stockholders conference call that “at least three” spinoff movies are in the works that will be released along with director JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The fact that spinoff movies are in the works isn’t terribly big news since Iger has already confirmed that they will release two spinoffs movies possibly about the adventures of Han Solo, first played by Harrison Ford, and the super cool bounty hunter Boba Fett. However, the phrase “at least three” opens up a whole universe of possibilities. It’s the cinematic equivalent of telling a kid they can run through a toy store and just pick out whatever they want until their arms go numb.
Of course, there might be some limits to their choices. Most of the characters that the core Star Wars fans grew up with have either been killed off in the central story line or the actors and actresses who played them are too old to pick up where they left off. They could hire younger actors to play those roles but the fans would surely cry foul. However, fans would love to see a Boba Fett movie before he fell into the Sarlacc pit and became a human Lunchable for 10 centuries and it would be easy to make because all it requires is a costume and a voiceover with a deep, dark tone.
Sure, he might have to take it off once in a while, but fans would be more forgiving if they hired a new actor to play him because he’s such an admired, cool character. It would also be fun to see actor Adam Driver’s villainous Sith (whoever that may be) get a spinoff movie that explains how he became so evil. If it’s any good, it would more than make up for the crime against cinema that was Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.